Omega 3 as Depression & Anxiety Treatment
In this video, we introduce Robert D. McMullen, MD who is a psychiatrist in NYC who has been performing psychopharmacology for over 30 years, the last 10 of which include transcranial magnetic stimulation(TMS). He will be discussing omega 3 as a treatment of depression and bipolar disorder.
Studies have shown that omega 3 can help with depression. The main fat that aids in depression is the EPA. A recommended daily intake of omega 3 would be at minimum 2 grams. Andrew Stoll, who achieved remarkable results in testing fish oil on depression patients, first reported this in 1999. According to Dr. McMullen’s calculation, to achieve the results he did with his study, Dr. Stoll must have been giving his patients 18 pills a day of fish oil. Furthermore, one of Dr. McMullen’s patients has been receiving 18 pills a day of fish oil pills for depression since 1999. Whenever his dosage is decreased to 10, the patient immediately falls back into the depression and remits as soon as the dosage is increased, which further shows the positive effects of fish oil supplements on treating depression.
Second, in addition to double-blind studies, observational studies have been conducted that support fish oil supplements being used as a treatment against depression. Eskimos and Japanese have low rates of depression, according to one such study. This is because these people consume large quantities of Omega-3, which means they eat a lot of fish.
There are many different types of lipids, and they all have different effects. Omega 3 and Omega 6 have distinct benefits. Humans have 6 to 10 times as much Omega 6 (which we obtain from corn oil) than Omega 3 (which we obtain from fish oil) in the body, which is not good for our bodies. This due to the fact that the walls of our brain cells are made up of 40% of EPA and DHA, which are fats that we obtain from fish. Corn oil is a large part of most of our diet, which reduces Omega-3 levels in our brain. Because our ancestors ate a lot more Omega 3, it was because their diet consisted mainly in plants and lean wild animals like deer. Both of these contain a lot EPA and DHA. Limiting our daily intake of saturated fats containing corn oils and taking 2 fish oil tablets per day will greatly increase our Omega-3 levels. This has been shown to be a great way to reduce depression.
These are just a few of the many findings that Omega-3 can be used to treat depression. For more information, call TMS Braincare at (212) 362-9635, or fill out a contact form at today!
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